Spring Entertaining: Oakleaf Hydrangeas

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Oakleaf Hydrangeas

 Southerners swoon for Oakleaf Hydrangeas. Originally born & bred in our region, these deciduous shrubs are prized for their big, stately blooms. They are fast growing plants that prefer a bit of morning sun & shady afternoons. Oakleaf Hydrangeas put on a good show when in bloom but continue to awe throughout the growing season with their timeless foliage. Although the oak-like leaves emerge green in the spring, they change colors anywhere from pink to purple to crimson in the fall. Learn how these lovely flowers can spruce up entertaining spaces quickly.

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Beautiful flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have distinctive, indigenous garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. These arrangements are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Start by choosing a selection of simple beverage glasses & vases with clean lines to really allow bouquets to shine. Hydrangeas are always a good choice to use when entertaining as just a few stems are needed to really make spaces shine. 

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The Technique

Once you are familiar with several blooming plant & shrub varieties, making your own flower arrangements can be fun & fulfilling. If you don’t have these garden staples growing in your green space, select & plant one now from a local nursery to use in a number of lovely ways.

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The Profile 

Hostas

Plantain Lilies are shade loving perennials that should be in every Southern garden as once they emerge in the spring, their bright foliage can be used in floral arrangements well into football season. These low, clumping plants produce leafstalks ranging in colors from green, blue-green, chartreuse & blended or variegated specimens with white or yellow streaks throughout. Although mainly prized for their bold leaves, hostas do produce small blooms in the summer months that shoot up tall over the low foliage. When planting them in the garden, pair with feathery fern fronds & impatiens. 

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The Oakleaf Hydrangea Yard Clippings

 Oakleaf Hydrangea blooms make beautiful arrangements with impact & just a few stems can be used to create small bursts of sunshine throughout spaces. Use them for entertaining or just to simply spruce up your home. Choose glasses with clean lines. Beverage glasses or clear vases work particularly well. Snip & gather blooms early in the morning. Invert the flowers & give them a little shake to remove any tiny garden creatures. Once indoors, remove any large leaves that may over shadow the blooms when using them in petite arrangements. Snip the stems low enough so that the blooms rest on the lip of the glass. Tuck in a few additional garden favorites such as Southern Shield Fern & Hostas to add variety to them. Use the flowers throughout entertaining spaces & around your home on side tables, vanities & kitchen islands.

The Tune
“Pennies From Heaven” Billie Holiday 

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Cookie Monster * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer but doesn't care * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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